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Find a Book Festival

Scotland is a nation of readers and boasts more than 40 book and literary festivals held throughout the year from Stornoway to the Scottish Borders and from Skye to Aberdeen.

We aim to collate a full, up-to-date list of all the book festivals so please let us know if there are any events that should be included or details to be updated via email on admin@literaturealliancescotland.co.uk or on Twitter @LitScotland.

Happy reading around the nation!

 

Book Festivals in Scotland

MONTHDATEEVENTTWITTERWEBSITE
FEBRUARY10-19 Feb 2017Winter Words Festival
Pitlochry
pitlochry.org
11-13 Feb 2017Further From Festival
Linlithgow
@Furtherfrommaddingcrowdlinlithgow.com
24-26 Feb 2017Granite Noir
Aberdeen
@GraniteNoirFest
#GraniteNoirFest
aberdeenperformingarts.com/granitenoir
MARCH9-19 Mar 2017Aye Write!
Glasgow's Book Festival
@AyeWrite
ayewrite.com
2018 7-11 Mar StAnza Poetry Festival
Scotland's International Poetry Festival, St Andrews
@StAnzaPoetry
#StAnza18
stanza poetry.org
APRIL7-9 April 2017Big DoG Children's Book Festival
Wigtown
@BigDog_Fest
wigtownbookfestival.com
20-23 April 2017BIG LIT: The Stewartry Book Festival
Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway
biglit.org
26 April - 7 May 2017TradFest
Annual showcase of TRACS tradition arts and culture Scotland, Edinburgh
@TradFestEd
tracscotland.org
2018 28 & 29 April Colonsay Book Festival@ColonsayBookFes
#CBF18
colonsaybookfestival.org.uk
MAY4-15 May 2017Off the Page
Stirling
@CultureStirling
culturestirling.org/off-the-page/
12-14 May 2017Boswell Book Festival
Dumfries House, Ayrshire
@bozzyfest
boswellbookfestival.co.uk
12-28 May 2017Southside Fringe Festival
Glasgow's Southside
@KeepItSouth
southsidefringe.com
19-21 May 2017Coastward
Dunbar
@CoastWordFest

coastward.co.uk
26-28 May 2017 May Festival
University of Aberdeen
abdn.ac.uk/mayfestival
2018 11-13 MayUllapool Book Festival
Ross-shire, Scottish Highlands
@UllapoolBookFesullapoolbookfestival.co.uk
JUNE2018 14-17 JuneBaillie Gifford Borders Book Festival
Melrose
@BordersBookFest
#bordersbookfest18
bordersbookfestival.org
JULY1 July 2017Glasgow Comic Con
Scotland's Comic Book Festival
@glasgowcomiccon
glasgowcomiccon.com
21-23 July 2017Scot Lit Fest
Scotland's virtual book festival presented by Saltire Society
@scotlitfest
#scotlitfest
scotlitfest.scot
AUGUST4-6 Aug 2017Bute Noir
Crime Writing Festival
Isle of Bute
@ButeNoir
#butenoir
butenoir.co.uk
7-13 Aug 2017Fringe by the Sea
North Berwick
@fringebythesea2
fringebythesea.com
11 Aug - 10 Sept 2017McLellan Art Festival, Arran
Celebrating late great Scottish dramatist and short story writer Robert McLellan
arrantheatreandarts.co.uk/mclellan-festival
2018 11-27 Aug
Edinburgh International Book Festival@edbookfest
#edbookfest
edbookfest.co.uk
26-27 Aug 2017Beyond Borders International Festival of Literature and Thought
@BeyondBorders__
beyondbordersscotland.com
31 Aug - 2 Sep 2017Skye Book Festival@SkyeBookFest
skyebookfestival.co.uk
SEPTEMBER8-10 Sep 2017Bloody Scotland
Scotland's international crime writing festival, Stirling
@BloodyScotland
#bloodyscotland
bloodyscotland.com
11-16 Sep 2017Spirit of Moray Book Festival
Elgin
@librariesmoray
#SpiritofMoray
12-17 Sep 2017Nairn Book & Arts Festival
Inverness
@Nairn_Festival
nairnfestival.co.uk
21-24 Sep 2017Tidelines
Irvine, North Ayrshire
@TidelinesFest
tidelinesbookfest.com
22-25 Sep 2017Byres Road Book Festival
Glasgow's West End
@byresrdbookfestbyresroadbookfestival.com
22 Sep - 1 Oct 2017Wigtown Book Festival
Scotland's national book town's literary festival
@WigtownBookFest
#wigtown
wigtownbookfestival.com
23-30 Sep 2017Bookends
Benderloch, Oban
Facebook
29 Sep - 1 Oct 2017Islay Book Festival@islaybookfestislaybookfestival.co.uk
2018 28-29 SepThree Lochs Book & Arts Festival
Strontian
threelochs.co.uk
OCTOBERthroughout OctImprint Book Festival
East Ayrshire
5-8 Oct 2017Ness Book Fest
Inverness
@NessBookFest1
nessbookfest.wordpress.com
6-8 Oct 2017Bookmark
Blairgowrie, Rattray & The Glens, Perth & Kinross
@bookmarkblair
bookmarkblair.com
18-22 Oct 2017Dundee Literary Festival@literarydundee
#dundeelitfest
literarydundee.co.uk
19-22 Oct 2017Berwick Literary Festival@BerwickLitFest
berwickliteraryfestival.com
20-31 Oct 2017Scottish International Storytelling Festival
Edinburgh
@ScotStoryCentre
scottishstorytellingcentre.co.uk
25-28 Oct 2017Faclan Hebridean Book Festival
An Lanntair, Stornoway
@anlanntair
lanntair.com
27-29 Oct 2017Tarbert Book Festival
Argyll
@TarbertBookFesttarbertbookfestival.org
NOVEMBER2-5 Nov 2017Wordplay
Shetland Arts' annual book festival
@ShetlandArtswww.shetlandarts.org
10-12 Nov 2017A Write Highland Hoolie!
Mallaig's Book Festival
@WriteHoolie
a-write-highland-hoolie.com
week around 13 Nov Robert Louis Stevenson Day
Annual week of events in Edinburgh and online in run up to RLS' birthday on 13 Nov
#RLSDay
25-26 Nov 2017Cove and Kilcreggan Book Festival
Argyll & Bute
@coveburghhall
coveburghhall.org.uk
27 Nov - 3 Dec 2017Book Week Scotland
Scotland-wide, brought to you by Scottish Book Trust
@BookWeekScotbookweekscotland.com